Legend has it that the Burugupalli Rajeshwar Swamy temple in Mamda mandal of Nirmal district and the famous Raja Rajeshwar temple in Rajanna Sircilla district were built simultaneously during the Chola period. While the larger Vemulawada temple is the centre of attraction in Telangana State when it comes to Sivaratri celebrations, the much smaller temple of one of Lord Siva’s images at Burugupalli attracts hundreds of devotees.

The Burugupalli temple located close to the NH 44 hosts a jatara during the two-day period when Sivaratri is celebrated. Devotees visit the temple even from Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts.

Scenic location

The temple of Lord Siva, who appears as Lord Someshwara is a cave temple located on the face of the second waterfall at Kuntala. It also attracts hundreds of devotees including those from Maharashtra.

The devotees spend the Sivaratri night at the foot of the almost dried up waterfalls in the Kuntala valley singing bhajans and devotional songs. The atmosphere is literally ethereal given the scenic beauty and nature spread all over.

The Forest department makes arrangements for devotees to access the cave temple by erecting an iron step ladder. A jatara is also a feature of Sivaratri celebrations at this place.

Chalukyan period

Another Siva temple from olden times is the famous Kadile Papahareshwara Swamy temple in Dilawarpur mandal of Nirmal district. The temple was built in the 10-11 centuries during Chalukyan period.

The temple got its name, Kadile, from the belief that the Shiva Lingam swings slightly. Kadile means one which swings and the temple is located in picturesque surroundings.

Devotees from all over Nirmal district and neighbouring places in Maharashtra arrive here to offer prayers in connection with Sivaratri. They spend the night in the thick forest surrounding the temple.